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  Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic match thread
Posted by: Lord Snooty - 14-09-2014, 13:27 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (46)

Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic
The Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday September 16th - 7:45 ko
at The John Smith's Stadium


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Huddersfield Town welcome Wigan Athletic to the John Smith's Stadium on Tuesday. Town desperate to get a win for new manager Chris Powell after late drama on Saturday against Middlesbrough. We still haven't won at home since the 5-0 drubbing of Barnsley back in March. That's ten matches now since we've walked out of the stadium happy.

Town team news: James Vaughan limped off again on Saturday with a calf injury. No news yet on how long he will be out for, but you can imagine that there will be no way he'll be fit for this match. Radosław Majewski and Adam Hammill also missed the match against Middlesbrough with injuries we didn't know about and still have no news on their availability. Long term absentees, Anthony Gerrard and Martin Paterson, who haven't played this season, were both reported to be back in training last week. No news yet on Jonathan Hogg or Oscar Gobern.


A brief history of Wigan Athletic: formed in 1932, following the winding up of Wigan Borough the previous year, they moved into Borough's Springfield Park and were elected to the Cheshire County League. They won a few minor league titles and made several failed attempts to gain entry to the Football League in the end of season elections.
It wasn't until they became members of the Northern Premier League in the 60s though that people sat up and noticed them and in 1978 they finally gained admittance in place of Southport, who became the last club kicked out of the League through the old re-election scheme.
Their first season in the League coincided with ourselves being in the lowest league and so we played each other in the League for the first time that season. They followed us up into the 3rd division in 1982 and won their first major trophy in 1985, the Freight Rover Trophy.
This success didn't last though and by 1995, they were back down at the bottom, only narrowly avoiding relegation to the Conference and attracting an average attendance of 1,845 to Springfield Park.



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Springfield Park




There was a white knight on the horizon though and local businessman, the owner of JJB Sports, Dave Whelan, bought the club and came out with some ridiculous ideas about taking the club to the Premier League.
Wigan set about the task immediately and won promotion in the following season and then took their second major trophy in 1999, the Auto Windscreens Shield.
Later that year they moved into their new home, the JJB Stadium and in 2001 they took on the legend that is Paul Jewell on as manager and it was he who secured them promotion to the second tier of the English Football League for the first time in their history. Whelan's dream was now almost complete.
It did become complete in 2005, just ten years after his ridiculous statement was made, when they won automatic promotion as runners up to become members of the Premier League. These were very dull years, as they became the most unglamorous ever team to play at that level of English football, yes even less than Wimbledon. They became officially the worst ever supported team when for a midweek match at Tottenham there was just one man and a dog in the away end. Nobody liked them and it was with a huge sigh of relief that in 2013 after eight seasons in the Prem, they slipped back down to the Championship, hopefully never to return back up again.
Just before their relegation was secured though, they actually won something worthwhile, beating Man City in the FA Cup Final 1-0.



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No, really. They did win the FA Cup!



Head to Head

[Image: 1309.png][Image: 2783.png] Town lead the overall head to head by 11 wins to 7, with 6 draws. That's in all competitions. In league matches it's 10 Town wins to Wigan's 6, with 6 draws. The first meeting was back in 1973 in an FA Cup first round match against Wigan of the Northern Premier League. We won that 2-0 with both goals scored by Bob Newton who was one of the stars of the Town youth team that made it to the final of the FA Youth Cup. More recently, we beat them 1-0 last season with a late winner from Adam Clayton. The season before that though we were stuffed 4-1 at home by Wigan in the Cup, the season they went on to win it.





So what have modern day Wigan got? They come here on the back of a 3-1 away defeat at Blackburn. Managed these days by Uwe Rösler, the former Brentford manager. He was an East Germany international, playing as a striker for the likes of Lokomotive Leipzig, Dynamo Dresden and Nürnberg before coming to England to play for Manchester City. He helped them get relegated from the Premier League, all the way down to the third division in his four years at Maine Road. Despite this, he was inducted into City's Hall of Fame in 2009.



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The Wigan boss in his Man City days





Who has Rosler been playing in his first XI?

His selected first XI in the last match was.....

01 Scott Carson: was the England goalkeeper who cost us a place at Euro 2008.
17 Emmerson Boyce: captain who lifted the 2013 FA Cup.
04 Ivan Ramis: is a Spanish central defender, signed from Mallorca in 2012.
30 Rob Kiernan: 23 year old defender who has spent most of his career on loan at lower league clubs.
24 James Perch: signed last season after three years in the Premier League with Newcastle.
14 Emyr Huws: is a Welsh international midfielder who signed in the summer from Man City.
36 William Kvist: is a Danish international midfielder who signed on transfer deadline day and made his debut on Saturday at Blackburn.
03 Andrew Taylor: defender who signed from Cardiff in the summer.
19 Don Cowie: is a Scottish international midfielder and another summer signing from Cardiff.
49: Andy Delort: 22 year old French striker signed on deadline day.
15 Callum McManaman: tore us apart in that FA Cup match in 2013.

Substitutes:
26 Ali Al-Habsi: has 92 caps for the Oman national team.
02 James Tavernier: signed in the summer from Newcastle, but spent last season helping Rotherham get promoted.
09 Oriol Riera Magem: is a 28 year old striker who came through the Barcelona youth system and signed for Wigan in the summer.
10 Shaun Maloney: is a Scottish international winger who has also played for Celtic and Aston Villa.
18 Roger Espinoza: is a Honduran international who plays defensive midfield or wing back.
25 Leon Barnett: central defender, ex WBA, Norwich and Cardiff.
33 Martyn Waghorn: striker signed from Leicester in the summer.







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Leading scorer - Callum McManaman  with 4.




Recent form - Last six games:

Town 1-2 Middlesbrough
Watford 4-2 Town
Town 0-2 Nottingham Forest (LC)
Town 1-1 Charlton
Reading 1-2 Town
Cardiff 3-1 Town

Blackburn 3-1 Wigan
Wigan 4-0 Birmingham
Wigan 1-0 Blackpool
Cardiff 1-0 Wigan
Charlton 2-1 Wigan
Burton Albion 2-1 Wigan (LC)



Wigan are 16th in the league with 7 points, that's 3 more than we have. Town are 21st on 4 points.



Club connections:

David Graham: joined Sheff Weds from Wigan and then came on loan to us in 2006 and scored 9 goals.

Kevin Kilbane: had three seasons at Wigan before joining Hull, from where he came on loan to us and played in the failed Play Off campaign of 2011, scoring in the first leg down at Bournemouth.

Kevin Sharp: had six seasons at Wigan and was signed for Town by Mick Wadsworth to play in our doomed relegation season of 2002/03.

David Unsworth: is the only player to play for Huddersfield Town with a surname beginning with a U. That was at the tail end of his career when he was signed on by Stan Ternent. He actually retired after 4 games for us, having been released from his contract. He had played at the top level for most of his footballing life with the likes of Everton, West Ham and Portsmouth. He then joined Sheffield Utd, helping them gain promotion to the Premier League. Then made the switch to Wigan, for whom his only goal was a penalty that relegated his former club, the Blunts. Wigan thanked him by releasing him. He had a season at Burnley before joining us and hanging up his boots. He is now on the coaching staff at Everton.

Any more? Yes. Flat nosed, fat head Steve Bruce has managed both us and Wigan. Our former player, Chris Hutchings has also managed them.


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Other Championship fixtures this week:

Tuesday:
Birmingham v Sheff Wed
Blackpool v Watford
Bolton v Rotherham
Bournemouth v Leeds
Brentford v Norwich
Cardiff v Middlesbrough
Charlton v Wolves
Ipswich v Brighton
Reading v Millwall

Wednesday:
Blackburn v Derby
Nottm Forest v Fulham





Over to you then:

Some talking points for you.

How long's Vaughney gonna be out for now?
Is Stead the answer or do we need to get a loan striker in?
What team changes from Saturday would you make?


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  Greg Norman in chainsaw accident
Posted by: Lord Snooty - 14-09-2014, 12:32 - Forum: Golf - Replies (1)

The silly sod has nearly lost an arm playing with a chainsaw. Remember kids, these are not toys. Whistle

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/golf/29196593

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  Pooch's Ratings v Scunthorpe
Posted by: bluepooch - 14-09-2014, 11:57 - Forum: Chesterfield - No Replies

Lee 8- A bit dodgy on one or two crossed but as usual his shot stopping was quality
Tendayi 6- Not one of his better games but stuck at his task and eventually grew into the game
Evatt - 9 Solid as a rock and never lost a challenge
Margreitte 8 - Another one who grew into the game and looked a class act
Jones -7 Usual energy but held back a bit by Clucas
Morsy - 9 The Enforcer .Strong as an Ox and skillfull with it,now adding goals to his game
Ryan - 8 Robin to Morsy's Batman just wish his legs were two inches longer
Clucas - 8 Looks a good player.All left foot but so is Messi .Plenty of skill and very direct but keeps it simple too .A good debut.
Johnson 9.5 - What a player he is going to be looks like Edgar davids in his style .I thought we were going to struggle for creativity when Robbo went off but he was immense and had a hand in all the goals -I think.
I just hope theres a chance we can get him permanent .
Bocco - 7 Good contribution without standing out.
Doyle -9.5. As Dev says he is the Ginger Costa Improving all the time and IS the answer to our striker problems
Doyle has to be MOTM closely followed by Johnson

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  The Ginger Costa
Posted by: Devongone - 14-09-2014, 11:11 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (15)

From no goalscorer to can we keep him in the next transfer window? Discuss

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  It only takes 2
Posted by: Stairs - 14-09-2014, 10:17 - Forum: Fleetwood Town - No Replies

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  It only takes 2
Posted by: Stairs - 14-09-2014, 10:16 - Forum: Gillingham - No Replies

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  It only takes 2
Posted by: Stairs - 14-09-2014, 10:15 - Forum: Leyton Orient - No Replies

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  It only takes 2
Posted by: Stairs - 14-09-2014, 10:15 - Forum: Milton Keynes Dons - No Replies

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  It only takes 2
Posted by: Stairs - 14-09-2014, 10:14 - Forum: Notts County - No Replies

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  It only takes 2
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